According to Muhammed Buji, a trader who said he was able to escape by jumping into a fleeing vehicle to Maiduguri, the gunmen who arrived the town in trucks and motorcycles attacked the market almost from all corners.
Scores of traders were reported killed on Friday at a village market in Borno State when a large number of Boko Haram terrorists attacked.
“I was lucky not to be in the middle of the market at the time the attack began, but many people were hit by bullets fired by the Boko Haram insurgents. I ducked and began to crawl until I sighted a pickup van driver trying to escape with his vehicle, so I took the risk and ran to jump in to the back, some other youngmen joined us too and that was how we were able to escape”, said Buji.
A police officer in Jakana, a sizeable village 16km away from Mainok, who spoke to journalists on phone but wished not to be mentioned in this report, said “we saw many traders running into Jakana from Mainok, some with minor injuries, and they informed us that many people were killed. After they had shot severally into the market, they surrounded the market and began to do selective killing especially of traders that are from Jakana, they said some of the terrorists were heard shouting and instructing their colleagues not to spare people from Jakana”.
The police officer also confirmed that two military aircrafts were seen flying towards Mainok while ground troops stationed in Jakana had also moved in pursuit of the terrorists who were said to have left the market after about three hours of operation.
“We still have not heard further update on the situation since after soldiers here had deployed in pursuit of terrorists ; our soldiers here have not returned since yesterday evening that they left, after two choppers of the Nigeria Army were spotted flying towards the forest around Yobe state which was the direction the terrorists took while leaving Mainok”, said the police.
Boko Haram terrorists have suffered huge loss of their members in Jakana following their repeated failure to take the village as police and soldiers stationed there often enjoy the cooperation of the locals who usually provide them timely information once they heard about planned attacks by the insurgents. This gives reasons for their anger and vendetta against the traders from Jakana.